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Agency and Ontology:
Shared Intentionality and the Extended Mind: The UAW Interviews as Dialogical Field

Detroit-east side
interviewees



Murray Body
UAW Local 2
Pody, Fagan, Jones
Dodge Main
UAW Local 3
Frankensteen, Watson, Ross, Harris, Adams, Ptazynski, Reynolds, Zaremba
Plymouth
UAW Local 51
NLRB, Sweet, bus.hist.,
Packard
UAW Local 190
McDaniel, Kujawski, Poplewski,Lindahl
Michigan Steel Tube
UAW Local 238 Klue
Detroit Steel Products
UAW Local 351
Silver
Midland Steel
UAW Local 410
N=24
Chrysler Highland Park
UAW Local 490
Jenkins



Detroit-Connor Ave
interviewees
 Chrysler-Jefferson
UAW Local 7
Zeller, Carey
Hudson
UAW Local 154
Anderson, Moore, Pody
Briggs
UAW Local 212
Bill Mazey, Ernie Mazey, Morris, Vega
Budd Wheel
UAW 306
Bauer



Detroit-west side and Dearborn
interviewees
Ford
UAW Local 600
Lock, Llewelyn, Tappes
Fleetwood
UAW Local 15
Anderson
Ternstedt
UAW Local 174


UAW Local 157




Flint


Fisher Body 1

Genski
Chevrolet

Jones
Buick

Bully
A.C. Spark Plug





Pontiac

GM Truck & Bus

Williams et. al.
Fisher Body
Williams et. al.
Pontiac Motors
Williams et. al.



Toledo














South Bend


Bendix


Studebaker





Milwaukee


Allis-Chalmers


Seaman Body





Cleveland








The Geogrraphy of Agency: the bildungs-proletarians around whom formed the action networks of plebeian upstarts
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Job Description for Wage Studies.  Metal working industries

US Dept Labor, BLS.  Nov., 1945.
Production Production non-Production
Assembler (Class A, B, C)
Machine operator classifications
Automatic Lathe Operator (Class A, B, C)
Drill-Press Operator, Radial (Class A, B, C)
Drill-Press Operator, Single- or Multiple-Spindle (Class A, B, C)
Engine-Lathe Operator  (Class A, B, C)
Grinding Machine Operator  (Class A, B, C)
Machine-Tool operator, misc. machines
Milling-Machine Operator  (Class A, B, C)
Power-Shear Operator  (Class A, B, C)
Punch-Press Operator  (Class A, B)
Screw-Machine Operator, Automatic   (Class A, B, C)
Turret-Lathe Operator, Hand (Class A, B, C)
Swager
Forging Press Operator, Hydraulic (Vertical)
Other metal-working occupations
Welder, Hand (Class A, B) (Bill Mazey, Frank Fagan interviews); Almdale and Newby on welding
Welder, Machine (Class A, B)
Polisher and Buffer, Metal (metal finishing)
Riveter, Hydraulic
Riveter, Pneumatic
Solderer (Edmund Kord)

Non-metalworking occupations in the Auto industry

Trim (Joe Adams and Art Grudzen on trim)
paint (Paul Silver on paint testing)
Maintenance, Tool and Die, Shipping and Receiving
Carpenter, Maintenance
Crane Operator, Electric Bridge
Die Setter
Die Sinker
Tool and Die Maker
Trucker, Hand
Trucker, Power
Electrician, Maintenance
Electrician, Production
Millwright
Set-Up Man, Machine Tools
Loader and Unloader
Stock Clerk
Inspector  (Class A, B, C)
Tester (Class A, B, C)



Classes A, B, and C for Assembler, Lathe Operator, and Grinder




Bildung and Ressentiment
Civil War, 1936 to 1941: Midland Steel (readings)
Schiller Hall: Bildung and Modernity (readings)
Joe Adams on atheism of his peers (the Reuther group and beyond) North Dakota, Postel, Montgomery, Guttman
Orality and Literacy  Ong, Olson, Luria, Heretz, Mironov
Paul Silver (Detroit Steel Products) on print vs. oral cultures on the shopfloor ONG LURIA

Saul Wellman (CP, Flint) on escape from the idiocy of orality
Rosenfeld and Musso
Bildungsproletarians and their other
Herman Burt on Polish women
Bill Jenkins on the Bulgarians
Williams et. al. on hillbillies in Pontiac LIST n=37
Shelton Tappes and Herman Burt on Uncle Toms
Frank Fagan on the "Americans"
Plebeian upstarts
Emergence of a UAW local
Bud Simon's letter; robt travis letter
Departmental biographies
Frank Fagan on welding and welders
Joe Adams and Art Grudzen on the Trim department
Edmund Kord's synoptic view
the Flying Squadrons: a workers' militia?
Events
Bud Simon on the firing of the two welders
•John Anderson re 3 locals
•John Anderson on CP in flux, critical period (this is part of Thermidor)
Joe Adams on 1943 strike
Earl Reynolds on first encounter
Edmund Kord on stubb out cigarettes

UAW Timeline: agency, ontology, and semiosis
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Looking at the masses

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Most of them were part of the trans-Atlantic population movements out of central, northern, and western europe.


They were, most of all, intensely rather that merely literate. 
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Most of them were neither skilled workers in the sense as it was understood at the time (skilled trades & tool & die), but neither were they laborers or assemblers.  Some were press operators: most were welders, trimmers, semi-skilled skilled machine workers and repairmen.  Paul Silver gives a succinct and clear characterization of this kind of work as cognitive process.  In Midland steel it ws the welders on the asembly line; in Dodge Main trimmmers and welders

It is this literary and cognitive aspect of the lives of these leaders that is central to an understanding of not only the formation of the UAW, but also the formation of the Keynesian Elite in the New Deal state.



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Bill Jenkins

   the Bulgarians

Frank Fagan
   the "Americans"
   welding
Paul Silver
Edmund Kord
Bill Mazey

Midland Steel
Barney Kluck
Herman Burt
Tiederman

Dodge Main
Joe Adams
Art Grudzen

Metal Finishing

Tony Podorsek


Bildungsroman
Joe Adams
Tony Podorsek





Prelude to Trump: the Civil War in the UAW

CIVIL WAR IN MIDLAND STEEL:
ETHNO-CULTURIAL AND SOCIO-TECHNICAL ANALYSIS




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GOING DOWN LISTS OF NAMES

Barney Kluck 1941 Wage Adjustment list for non-production workers

Frank Fagan 1943 Convention delegates from Local 2 (Murray Body)

John Anderson (PF going down list of activists*)

Cliff Williams et. al. delegates to 1937 UAW Milwaukee Convention

Michigan Steel Tube (Emergence of a UAW Local as a list)





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Minutes, Murray Body Committee Local 2 at Executive Board Meeting, April 26, 1939, Toledo Ohio, Addes Collection, Box 14.11, Reuther Archives Detroit re. competitive situation in the spring and wire industry

Frank Fagan on 1943 Convention Local 2 delegates LIST; Fagan on the "Americans" in the IWW strike of 1933/Edgewater Ford strike/AAWA Hudson  Black Legion (Kraus)


RE. THE JOE ADAMS RATIO/10.6%

Paul Silver--Edmund Kord--John Anderson--MIDLAND STEEL
MST on relationship between Bildungsproletarian(s) and Plebeian Upstarts

The Charlie Yaeger ratio (7.2%)

Cliff Williams vs. Bert Harris rational-bur-bild vs. RMD




FLYING SQUADRON:

Victor Reuther: Andeson, Indiana
Bud Simon: re Saginaw.  Run out of town (almost lynched)
Paul Silver: Dodge Main Flying Squadron to the picket line
Paul Silver: the Ford Strike
Robert Travis to Chas
Bud Simon on workers from Toledo
Edmund Kord on the picket line

the Taking of Chevy 4, Skeels

BILDUNGS-PROLETARIANS AND THEIR OTHER

Bill Jenkins on Bulgarians
Herman Burt on Polish women
Shelton Tappes on Local 600
Edmund Kord on the "gray mass"
Cliff Williams, Claude Henson and one other on Hillbillies in Pontiac


THE JEWISH QUESTION IN FLINT

Larry Jones re. Van Zandt
Norm Bully on CP and City College

Frank Fagan on LIST 1943


PLEBEIAN UPSTARTS

BILDUNGSPROLETRIANS AND PLEBEIAN UPSTARTS
(THE QUESTION OF CHARISMA)
Timothy R. Pauketat, An Archaeology of the Cosmos: Rethinking Agency and Religion in Ancient America (Routledge, 2012)

"communists" in Packard and Allis Chalmers
Garrison to FF re. Christoffel
James Lindahl Collection
John Anderson on communists in general; in Midland Steel in particular
Bill Jenkins on Bulgarian group (communists?)

THE INTERNATIONAL WORKERS ORDER

Chris Johnson/Maurice Sugar: on size of CP in Detroit (Petrakovich interview)
Ron Schatz on IWO and UE



Detroit East Side: UAW Locals: interviews
Leon Pody*
Murray Body
UAW Local 2
Frank Fagan
Murray Body UAW Local 2
Frank Fagan*
Murray BodyUAW Local 2
Lloyd Jones*
Murray Body UAW Local 2



Dick Frankensteen Dodge Main
UAW Local 3
Dick Frankensteen*Dodge Main
UAW Local 3
Charles Watson Dodge Main UAW Local 3
Harry Ross*
Dodge MainUAW Local 3
Richard Harris*
Dodge Main UAW Local 3
Joe Adams Dodge Main UAW Local 3
Joe Ptazynski
Dodge Main UAW Local 3
Earl Reynolds Dodge Main UAW Local 3
John Zaremba*
Dodge Main UAW Local 3



Sam Sweet
Plymouth
UAW Local 51



John McDaniel Packard
UAW Local 190
John McDaniel*Packard
UAW Local 190
Harry Kujawski Packard UAW Local 190
Eddie Dvornik Packard UAW Local 190
Adam Poplewski*
Packard UAW Local 190
James Lindahl***
Packard
UAW Local 190



Leonard Klue MICHIGAN STEEL TUBE UAW Local 238



Paul Silver
Detroit Steel Products
UAW Local 351



N = 35 interviewees
MIDLAND STEEL
UAW Local 410
John Anderson
CP, Midland Steel
MESA, UAW 155



Bill Jenkins Chrysler Highland Park
UAW Local 490



Tony Podorsek
body-in-white supervisor Dodge, Cadillac



A Homer Martin Local in the Eastside Ind Area: Midland Steel

Between the NRA and the CIO: the Making of the Unity Caucus

A Tale of Three Toolrooms

Midland Steel
Michigan Steel Tube
Dodge Main Earl Reynolds

Joe Adams and Art Gruzden relive the May 20, 1943 Strike
the 1937 sitdown strike
the November 1939 strike Rept

Joe Adams and Art Gruzden discuss the pwychhology and sociology of the workers in the Trim department

Joe Adams, Interview re. distrust of written agreement; the men are looking at you. What are you going to do?  Be a shithead(?)  In this discussion of the unspoken web of communication

this is but one series of elements that can be spun out just from this one episode of May 20, 1943.

re. Allis-Chalmers, UAW Local 248 ➞ UE Locals: re. "CP"

Lloyd Garrison to Felix Frankfurter, April 29, 1941
distrust of written
Felix Frankfurter to Lloyd Garrison, May 14, 1941 distrust of written
Stalin Over Wisconsin
Packard: Proceedinggs 1943;
James Lindahl papers (Reuther Archive)

Tony Podorsek on history of metal finishing


A Wartime Strike/A Wartime Strike





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"7,500 Strike, Shut Three Chrysler Plants," Detroit News, May 20, 1943
Groupings
Barney Kluck, Tool & Die the interviews: going down 1941 Non-production wage adjustments LIST

Barney Kluck and Bob Brenner ( switched vote, susequent investigation by PF) on the Tool Room

Ben Wainwright and the Elder Report (north Euro Prot, English swing  group of moderate but definitely modern citizens


Cliff Williams and Frank Fagan (Racism in Pontiac; telling it like it is in Murray Body 1943 LIST Catholic (ACTU) part of coalition with racist forces in uaw

"On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense (German: Über Wahrheit und Lüge im aussermoralischen Sinne, also called On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense[1]) is a philosophical essay by Friedrich Nietzsche. It was written in 1873, one year after The Birth of Tragedy,[2] but was published by his sister Elisabeth in 1896 when Nietzsche was already mentally ill. The work deals largely with epistemological questions about the nature of truth and language, and how they relate to the formation of concepts."



Herman Burt on Racism on the shopfloor (LUNCH)




Patrimonialism and White Supremacy: the view from the shop floor


Detroit East Side: Midland Steel, UAW Local 410: interviews
Bob Brenner Tool and Die
Barney Kluk Tool and Die
Ed Tyll Tool and Die
Jim Peters
Chrysler line
Oscar Oden
Chrysler line
Ben WainwrightChrysler line
John PerryChrysler line
William HintzChrysler line
Joe BlockChrysler line
TiedermannChrysler line
George Bidinger
Large presses
George Borovich Large presses
Chester Podgorski Large presses
Podgorsky-Bidinger

Earl Pollntz

Louis VolettiLarge presses
Lawrence VolettiLarge presses
Herman BurtPaint Machine
Levi NelsonShipping & Recieving
Agnes Baransky
Small presses
Lotte Klas
Small presses
John Anderson
Organizer, Local 155
Art Lamb
Works Manager
Almdale and Newby Cleveland.  VPs Frame Division



BRIGGS

Bill Mazey
Ken Morris



A Tale of Three Toolrooms
Midland Steel
Michigan Steel Tube
Dodge Main Earl Reynolds


Detroit East Side.  Connor Ave: UAW Locals: interviews
Jack Zeller
 Chrysler-Jefferson
UAW Local 7
Ed Carey*
Chrysler-Jefferson UAW Local 7
Francis Moore
Hudson
UAW Local 154
Minnie Anderson
Hudson
UAW Local 154
Leon Pody*
Hudson
UAW Local 154
Leon Pody* Briggs UAW Local 212
Bill Mazey
Briggs
UAW Local 212
Ernie Mazey
Briggs
UAW Local 212
Ken Morris*
Briggs UAW Local 212
Art Vega*
Briggs UAW Local 212
Irwin Bauer
Budd Wheel
UAW Local 306



SHILLER HALL AS HABITUS/ZONE OF PROXIMAL DEVELOPMENT

Ed Lock: bildungsroman
1939 Chrysler Meeting

COMMUNISTS OBSERVE RACISM

Herman Burt
Shelton Tappes

BILDUNGS-PROLETRIANS ON THE "AMERICANS"
Cosmopolitans vs. Provincvials

Frank Fagan
Bud Simons

•Larry Jones-Clint van Zandt incident




Detroit West Side & Dearborn: UAW Locals: interviews
Ed Lock
Ford
UAW Local 600
Percy Llewelyn
Ford
UAW Local 600
Shelton Tappes Ford
UAW Local 600
Shelton Tappes*Ford
UAW Local 600
John Anderson
Fleetwood
UAW Local 15
Irene Marinovich (I)
Ternstedt
UAW Local 174
Mary Davis
CP

Stanley Novak
CP/UAW

Blain Marrin
Tool & Die
UAW Local 157





Williams-Yaeger-Smith discuss 1937 Local 159 delegates to Milwaukee Convention LIST

Bud Simons as ethnographer
Frank Fagan as ethnographer

The ethics of interpretation: The signifying chain from field to analysis, Discourse Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 29(1) · March 2008, Claudia Lapping


the Elder Report ⊗ the Ben Wainwright interview re. Homer Martin and UAW Civil War





Racism, Patrimonialism

Bert Harris: Press Room; BlackLegion (Cliff Williams on)

x-ref "tar-dipping incident"

incident reported: "Unionists Linked to Tar-Party"DT 6-11-37
hearing reported: ["Tar-dipping is Laid to Five" DN 12-10-37] (blurred)


Flint and Pontiac: UAW Locals: interviews
Norman Bully
Buick (Flint) UAW Local 599
Arthur Case*
Buick (Flint) UAW Local 599
Larry Jones
Chevrolet (Flint) UAW Local 659
Bill Genski
Fisher Body #1 (Flint)
UAW Local 581
Bill Genski*
Fisher Body #1 (Flint)
UAW Local 581
Bud Simons*
Fisher Body #1 (Flint)
UAW Local 581
Bert Harris**
Fisher Body #1 (Flint) UAW Local 581



Cliff Williams +Yaeger
Yellow Cab (Pontiac)
UAW Local 594
Charlie Yaeger*


Bob Travis**
Flint
UAW Local 581
Henry Kraus**
Flint



Michael Tomasello, Becoming Human: a Theory of Ontogeny (Harvard, 2019): Shared, Collective intentionality; the cultural intelligence hypothesis

Marshall W. Alcorn, Jr., Narcissism and the Literary Libido: Rhetoric, Text, and Subjectivity (New York University Press, 1994)

Simon Jarvis, Wordsworth's Philosophical Song (Cambridge, 2007): Beyond the transcript

Jerrold Seigel, The Idea of the Self: Thought and Experience since the Sesventeenth Century (Cambridge, 2005)

  Schiller in Barnow

Frank Fagan (Murray Body) provides both a synoptic view of the operation and is in fact an embodiment of the kind of bildungs-proletarian who were at the center of agency.  He is an actor in his time, and a collaborator in mine the extended mind of the unity caucus

Two Bildungsromans: Joe Adams and Tony Podorsek

BILDUNGS-PROLETRIANS ON THE "AMERICANS"
Toledo, Milwaukee, South Bend, and Cleveland
Wyndham Mortimer White Mtr (Cleve.), Flint
CP & UAW
Al Rightly
Studebaker
UAW Local 5
BOOK: The Auto-Lite Strike of 1934
Auto-Lite
AFL-18384
George Addes*
Willys Overland (Toledo)

Robert Travis
Chevrolet (Toledo) Flint Sitdown strike
Joseph Ditzel*
Chevrolet (Toledo)

James Roland*
Chevrolet (Toledo)
Roy H. Speth*
Seaman Body (Milwaukee)

BOOK: Stalin Over Wisconsin
Allis-Chalmers
UAW Local 248
Garrison to FF re. Christoffel
Allis-Chalmers





Podorsek 1.1

Flynn effect; bildungsroman

family history; father killed in coal mines polish in Pa. 16 miles atone
first job in silk mill 1918  (12 yrs old)
strike united textile workers 50 hrs week, 3.50 a week
RR; UMW;
KKK
comes to Detroit
Briggs metal finish
LEARNS SKILLS

1.2

BUDD WHEEL  26
worked hudson metal fin, dingman body plant
Fisher body cleveland
east side neighborhood
hillbillies & Belgians
talking streets list firms where neighborhood worked in nearby plants

A LOT ON METAL FINISHING


Job Description for Wage Studies.  Metal working industries, US Dept Labor, BLS.  Nov., 1945.  [this leaves out trim, paint, and foundry depts] See also selected occupations.
Cliff Williams-Yellow Cab

Tony Podorsek on metal finishing.

Paul Silver on paint testing
Joe Adams and Art Gruzen on trim
Frank Fagan on welding--on his department name by name.
Billl Mazey on welding
Almdale and Newby on welding
Williams on door-hanging



Industry wage study. Appendix A-W. Job descriptions for wage studies.
Job descriptions for wage studies in the metalworking industries plant
this leaves out trim and paint depts, foundry, all of which are major workspaces in the plants of auto manufacturers, circa 1937
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summary:
Assembler
Machine operator
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▶︎❖Acid Dipper

•Adjuster, Machine

Assembler
 ••Class A (Cliff Williams-Doorhanger )
  •Class B

▷Class C

Automatic Lathe Operator (Class A, B, C)
••Carpenter, Maintenance
Coater Operator
••Crane Operator, Electric Bridge
••Die Setter
•••Die Sinker
Drill-Press Operator, Radial (Class A, B, C)
Drill-Press Operator, Single- or Multiple-Spindle (Class A, B, C)
Electrician, Maintenance
Electrician, Production

Engine-Lathe Operator
Class A
Class B
Class C

Forging Press Operator, Hydraulic (Vertical)

Grinding Machine Operator
Class A
Class B
Class C
  

Inspector
Class A
Class B ( . . . where considerable care is essential to achieve very close tolerances)
Class C

Loader and Unloader (Shipping and Receiving)

•Machine-Tool operator, misc. machines
••Machinist, Maintenance
••Machinist, Production

Milling-Machine Operator
•Class A
Class B
Class C

Millwright

Polisher and Buffer, Metal (aka metal finishing): Charles Watson, Local 3-Tony Podorsek
Power-Shear Operator  (Class A, B, C)
Punch-Press Operator
Class A,
Class B)

Riveter, Hydraulic
Riveter, Pneumatic
Screw-Machine Operator, Automatic  (
Class A, B, C)
Set-Up Man, Machine Tools
•Solderer
•Stock Clerk
•Swager
Tester (Class A, B, C)
•••Tool and Die Maker
Trucker, Hand
•Trucker, Power

Welder, Hand (Class A, B, C)➤Bill Mazey interview

• or •• ?  Turret-Lathe Operator, Hand (Including Hnad-Screw Machine) (Class A, B, C)
• ?  Welder, Machine (Class A, B)


Occupations in Metalworking Industry (Autos & Parts)

A.  Production

Assembler (Class A, B, C) (Cliff Williams-Doorhanger )
Machine operator classifications
Automatic Lathe Operator (Class A, B, C)
Drill-Press Operator, Radial (Class A, B, C)
Drill-Press Operator, Single- or Multiple-Spindle (Class A, B, C)
Engine-Lathe Operator  (Class A, B, C)
Grinding Machine Operator  (Class A, B, C)
Machine-Tool operator, misc. machines
Milling-Machine Operator  (Class A, B, C)
Power-Shear Operator  (Class A, B, C)
Punch-Press Operator  (Class A, B)
Screw-Machine Operator, Automatic   (Class A, B, C)
Turret-Lathe Operator, Hand (Including Hnad-Screw Machine) (Class A, B, C)
Swager
Forging Press Operator, Hydraulic (Vertical)
Other metal-working occupations
Welder, Hand (Class A, B) (Bill Mazey, Frank Fagan interviews); Almdale and Newby on welding
Welder, Machine (Class A, B)
Polisher and Buffer, Metal (aka metal finishing): Charles Watson, Local 3; Tony Podorsek (Connor Ave, Dodge Main, and Cadillac)
Riveter, Hydraulic
Riveter, Pneumatic
Solderer (Edmund Kord)
Non-metalworking occupations in the Auto industry
Trim (Joe Adams and Art Grudzen on trim)
paint (Paul Silver on paint testing)

Production Production non-Production
Assembler (Class A, B, C)
Machine operator classifications
Automatic Lathe Operator (Class A, B, C)
Drill-Press Operator, Radial (Class A, B, C)
Drill-Press Operator, Single- or Multiple-Spindle (Class A, B, C)
Engine-Lathe Operator  (Class A, B, C)
Grinding Machine Operator  (Class A, B, C)
Machine-Tool operator, misc. machines
Milling-Machine Operator  (Class A, B, C)
Power-Shear Operator  (Class A, B, C)
Punch-Press Operator  (Class A, B)
Screw-Machine Operator, Automatic   (Class A, B, C)
Turret-Lathe Operator, Hand (Class A, B, C)
Swager
Forging Press Operator, Hydraulic (Vertical)
Other metal-working occupations
Welder, Hand (Class A, B) (Bill Mazey, Frank Fagan interviews); Almdale and Newby on welding
Welder, Machine (Class A, B)
Polisher and Buffer, Metal (metal finishing)
Riveter, Hydraulic
Riveter, Pneumatic
Solderer (Edmund Kord)

Non-metalworking occupations in the Auto industry

Trim (Joe Adams and Art Grudzen on trim)
paint (Paul Silver on paint testing)
Maintenance, Tool and Die, Shipping and Receiving
Carpenter, Maintenance
Crane Operator, Electric Bridge
Die Setter
Die Sinker
Tool and Die Maker
Trucker, Hand
Trucker, Power
Electrician, Maintenance
Electrician, Production
Millwright
Set-Up Man, Machine Tools
Loader and Unloader
Stock Clerk
Inspector  (Class A, B, C)
Tester (Class A, B, C)



B.  non-Production

Maintenance, Tool and Die, Shipping and Receiving
Carpenter, Maintenance
Crane Operator, Electric Bridge
Die Setter
Die Sinker
Tool and Die Maker
Trucker, Hand
Trucker, Power
Electrician, Maintenance
Electrician, Production
Millwright
Set-Up Man, Machine Tools
Loader and Unloader (Shipping and Receiving)
Stock Clerk

Inspector  (Class A, B, C)
Class A
Class B ( . . . where considerable care is essential to achieve very close tolerances)
Class C

Tester (Class A, B, C)



These interviews are a set of dialogic unfoldings that form a lens through which to examine the ontologies and events, the transformations and reactions, that are subsumed under the term unionization.  The factories, meeting halls, and neighborhoods of southeastern Michigan are laboratories in which to investigate the play of forces: first, the deep structures, the genetic ontologies (the principles of the production of practices) that dominate the manifold areas of human activity; and second, the irruption of forces of an entirely different kind (Bordieu), referred to variously as agency, bildung, and the will to power.  In addition, some of these interviews forced me to include the more nebulous concept of jouissance.

This first block of interviewees were all early leaders of the emergent forces that came to be known as the UAW.  Most of them were Midwestern "socialists." Others were "communists."   I refer to them as bildungs-proletarians, around whom formed the action networks of plebeian upstarts (the Unity Caucus) who created the modern UAW in March of 1939.   From the standpoint of praxis both the Unity Caucus and the Keynesian elite should be conceived of as vanguard formations within the field of Progressivism. 

What made this whole site possible is the literary and cognitive capabilities of the bildungsproletarian whom I interviewed

Michael Tomasello, Becoming Human: a Theory of Ontogeny (Harvard, 2019): Shared, Collective intentionality; the cultural intelligence hypothesis

Marshall W. Alcorn, Jr., Narcissism and the Literary Libido: Rhetoric, Text, and Subjectivity (New York University Press, 1994)

Simon Jarvis, Wordsworth's Philosophical Song (Cambridge, 2007): Beyond the transcript

Jerrold Seigel, The Idea of the Self: Thought and Experience since the Sesventeenth Century (Cambridge, 2005)

from Charles Yaeger (Pontiac) Oral History transcript, pp. 11-12)

Finally the CIO group, the Addes and Reuther forces in the union at that time, called a special convention with the blessing of the parent CIO in Cleveland, and there we organized what became the UAW-CIO.

We attended the Cleveland Convention [March 27, 1939], and it was there that the union was born after all this factional problem.  Then, of course, we had to go back and reorganize the plants because as much as the International was torn asunder the locals were, too.  We took over the local union with(in) our unit of the old amalgamated [Local 156], which became [local] 594.  We took it over with about 7,000 people working in the plant and 503 or 504 members.  This was all the membership we had.  We did not have the union.
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